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The rampant hypocrisy of the GOP

In spite of being in charge of “everything Washington,” the GOP was unsuccessful in saving the government from shutting down. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said moments after midnight on Friday voiced disappointment, blaming the Democrats for not caring about ...

Charles Merrill: The crucial importance of lanterns in young lives

have been so blessed with an abundance of lanterns in my life who have been indispensable guides and supports over many decades.

Consumer protection payday rule at risk, just like student loan protections

An important consumer protection rule that was to take effect Jan. 16 is now being “reconsidered” by the same agency that was to enforce it – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

#MeToo, Pandora!

Pandora’s box has been opened and she is angry ... and it’s about time! For far too long women have been silent as men treated them like sexual objects in the workplace, in their community, in school and even at ...

This year will be devoted to re-entry to prevent recidivism

My bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin has a specialty in Correctional Administration. At the time I was a student, the biggest component of study was recidivism. That is the event that occurs after doing your time, being released ...

NAACP condemns racist remarks mocking Sean Combs ’ plans to purchase NFL team

Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO, issued the following statement on behalf of the NAACP regarding KRON-TV anchor Henry Wofford’s use of racist stereotypes to insult and belittle Sean “Diddy” Combs’ interest in purchasing the Carolina Panthers NFL team:

Reflecting on a year of empowering Americans through jobs, education, financial literacy and health care

“From your founding, amid the great migration, to the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement, to the battles of today, the Urban League has been on the ground, in our communities, working quietly – day in, day out – without ...

Travesty of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Inc, representing thousands of African American congregations across this nation, declare that the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act a travesty of justice and mercy. It has been dishonestly presented to the ...

Untold, ignored stories of Black Women

While I celebrate women coming forward to share their stories of being sexually harassed or worse, I struggle with reconciling how Black women have been sexually violated for years in this country by White men (and Black as well), their ...

Congress’ urgent unfinished business for children

As if our fight to stop the profoundly unjust Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was not enough, we must all work hard to ensure there will be no unfinished business as Congress works to wrap up the Continuing Resolution before ...

National Urban League mourns the loss of trailblazing journalist Simeon Booker

“Glaring down at us from the truck were five White men, armed to the teeth with shotguns ... All five sprang from the truck and surrounded the car. ‘Get out,’ the huskiest one snapped. ‘Who are you n----rs and where ...

Another health program taken away: Will CHIP receive reauthorization funding?

Ever since its inception, the Children’s Health Insurance Program has been vital in ensuring our nation’s most vulnerable children have the opportunity to have a healthy and fulfilling childhood. The legislation has been reauthorized multiple times with broad bipartisan support. ...

Black women stand up for justice, demand respect

American democracy was saved by the Black voters of Alabama and Black women. The South continues to be threatened by racist, sexist politics of men like Roy Moore, who represents what’s worst about American politics. The politics of hate, the ...

The god of evangelicals is not The Sovereign God

During the recent Alabama senate race, it was troubling, to say the least, to hear candidate Roy Moore, an alleged pedophile, refer to “the Lord Jesus” and lift his “Christian values” as a way to attract voters.

Lawmakers plot with payday lenders to end consumer bureau rule to stop the debt trap

The phrase “It ain’t over until it’s over” was first made famous by the late New York Yankees pitcher Yogi Berra. It was one of many enduring Yogi-isms – humorous phrases that were often grammatically-challenged. Even so, people usually understood ...